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Tips for Choosing a Shelter Dog You’ll Love Thousands of shelter dogs are adopted each year by responsible, loving families. But how do you choose a shelter dog? 1. First impressions aren’t always real. Dogs usually reveal their true colors once they have been separated from other dogs or animals at the shelter. That means if a dog isn’t being friendly to you at first, don’t forget about him that quickly. He’s probably just shy, lonely or even afraid.
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2. Visit the center regularly.
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If you come to the shelter often, you can get a clearer idea of the different dogs’ personalities. And do talk to the staff every time. These people know the dogs best, and the more they’re familiar with you, the more they can help you find the right dog. However, before you drop by at the center, you have to be prepared to adopt. You don’t want to fall in love with a dog that you can’t take home yet. You can’t be sure he’ll still be there when you’re actually ready. 3. Find a dog who fits your lifestyle. That golden retriever was great, but if your apartment is small, he’s probably not the best fit. Prior to choosing a dog, consider his size, the space he needs to exercise, his temperament and how compatible he is with children. Puppies are endearing, but they’re very work-intensive. If you’re usually at work all day, a puppy may not be great for you. An older dog who has lived with a family will need less of your time and attention. 4. Know what you want, but stay open. If you’ve interested in a certain kind of dog, ask yourself why. Maybe your lifestyle is the biggest reason, in which case factors such as age and size will actually matter. However, there are other factors such as color and gender that don’t really impact your ability to provide him a good home. 5. It’s wrong to say that all shelter dogs are “damaged goods.” That’s a common misconception that shelter staff deal with almost everyday. Truth is, not very many shelter dogs were abused, although they were likely neglected at some point. Shelter staff can tell you which dogs are in need of special attention. For instance, a neglected puppy may have never been potty-trained, so if you decide to adopt him, that will be your job. In general, however, all shelter dogs have one common need – a loving family that won’t abandon them again. Lastly, if you’re planning to adopt a dog, do it only because you want him for a lifelong friend.